The arrival of thousands of immigrants who arrive in the United States irregularly presents challenges for the consular offices of the countries that have the highest volume of migration to the United States.
Shortly after the Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported that it had broken new records in immigration detentions, particularly across the border with Mexico, that country’s consulates, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru , Argentina and Uruguay disclosed the challenges facing their positions in this context.
Officials presented opinions at an event organized by the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO) this Thursday in Arlington, Virginia, adjacent to Washington, DC.
The Consul General of Guatemala, Jessica Mendoza, said it was clear that immigration from her country was increasing, as evidenced by the increase in aid to Guatemalans across the network of 23 consulates in the United States.
Aid ranges from calls from relatives to locate people detained by the Immigration and Border Protection Service (ICE), to help with repatriation processes, to search for those detained, and in more tragic cases request for.
“We have certainly seen an increase in demand for services at consulates, this is a fairly high growth that we have from Guatemalans and we continue to strengthen the facilities and personnel to care for these Guatemalans who need these services. is,” said Mendoza America’s voice.
The official stressed that the challenge is that irregular immigrants from their country “be aware that they have a right to request United States immigration authorities when they are detained to notify the consulate.”
This, he says, opens up the possibility of providing support and having data on detained individuals, who have sometimes lost contact with their relatives.
The head of the consular mission of the Mexican Embassy in Washington, Rafael Lavega Rendón, commented that the problem of migration calls for the establishment of communication links to address the authorities of all countries.
He added that such meetings are “an opportunity to pause to build the bridges they need most now.”
“There are so many gaps, so many barriers and so many walls and without a doubt we have to unite in the face of criminalization,” Lavega Rendon said.
Community activist Edgar Aranda, member of the organizing team for the consular meeting, remarks visa on arrival That messages from the United States that seek to condemn irregular migration have prompted the incident to escalate.
The Republican Party’s voice repeatedly repeating “that the border is open”, created a wave of propaganda and in many Latin American countries “they believe it to be true, when it is not true”, and many people take it for granted. decide to. Way explained.
“It is dangerous and many people are being detained and even Title 42 is being enforced in the United States, that a person can be returned to their country or if they Trying to enter they can be kicked out, so it’s not like how they are putting it in, it’s some politicians,” he said.
In the first 11 months of fiscal year 2022, which ends on September 30, US immigration officials reported that they detained nearly 2.5 million irregular migrants at the southern border. More than 20% of those detained in August are migrants who have already been expelled and who intend to re-enter the United States.
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